Audit, evaluate, and streamline Department of Education facilities, resources, and procedures

Many of our school facilities have much needed but long neglected classroom renovations and infrastructure improvements. For example, Kihei High School has been under construction for many years and Campbell High School is extremely over capacity. Here's a snapshot of the five largest HIDOE public schools

  • High Schools (all grades 9-12): Campbell (3,110), Mililani (2,571), Waipahu (2,554), Farrington (2,309), Kapolei (2,035).
  • Intermediate (grades 7-8)/Middle (grades 6-8): Mililani Middle (1,873), Kapolei Middle (1,521), Waipahu Intermediate (1,294), Maui Waena Intermediate (1,176), Kalakaua Middle (1,075).
  • Elementary Schools: August Ahrens (1,249), Holomua (1,163), Ewa (1,070), Keoneula (1,037), Waipahu (1,026)

I propose these solutions to clear up the school facilities management process:

  • Increase facilities management transparency by holding regular neighbor island town halls.
  • Create a priority list of repairs and needs for Hawaii’s 288 public and charter schools 
  • Determine if neighbor island facilities are adequately being maintained by Department of Accounting and General Services
  • Increase funds for facilities maintenance.
    • Ensure charter schools are given fair access to CIP funding for facilities.
    • Request a report of vacant state facilities for charter school use.
  • Conduct an audit to cut unnecessary administrative costs and to make sure every dollar is used for its intended purpose.
  • Partner schools with businesses and nonprofits so long-needed projects can be completed sooner.
  • Inventory vacant state facilities that can be used for charter school facilities.

As Governor, my administration will visit all 288 of Hawaii’s public schools to assess their facilities and to evaluate the priorities of repair projects. We need to bring the ear of the capitol closer to the voices of the students.